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03/02/2014 10:04 am ET Updated Mar 03, 2014

Mike Rogers: Putin Is Playing Chess, Obama Playing Marbles

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) accused President Obama on Sunday of being too soft in his dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who just received the Russian parliament's permission to move troops into Ukraine.

“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close,” Rogers said on “Fox News Sunday.” “They’ve been running circles around us, and I believe it’s the naïve position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisers that if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll wake up and say, 'the United States is not that bad.’ That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that Russia will face serious repercussions for its act of military aggression. The U.S. and other countries are considering boycotting the June meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrialized countries in Sochi, Russia, and Kerry also raised the possibility of visa bans, asset freezes and trade and investment penalties.

But Republicans have accused Obama of being too friendly toward Russia during his first term, when he attempted to "reset" U.S.-Russia relations. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Obama "the most naive president in history" and suggested that he revive missile-defense programs and issue targeted sanctions against the regime.

Rogers said Obama missed the opportunity to use military force in Ukraine and now has "only economic options."

“There is not a lot of options on the table and candidly, I’m a fairly hawkish guy, sending more naval forces to operate in the Black Sea is really not a very good idea, given that we know that that day has long passed,” he said. “And unless you’re intending to use them, I wouldn’t send them."

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